Hallie Cotnam

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Latest from Hallie Cotnam

Feeding tiny diners for almost 40 years

Sylvia Simpson, 65, has been preparing snacks and hot lunches for her tiny clients for almost four decades at the Centretown Parents' Co-operative Daycare.

Sheep farmers, solar company form powerful partnership

Their growing flock needed a place to graze. The solar energy operation down the road needed to keep vegetation from creeping over its panels. Sheep farmers Chris Moore and Lyndsey Smith saw a win-win opportunity, and they leapt at it.

A new barn for farmer who survived Dunrobin tornado

Last September, a Muldoon family barn dating back to the 1800s was flattened by a tornado, and 78-year-old Leo Muldoon was injured when he fell from a ladder. Now he's resumed his normal way of life, and the family has a brand-new barn.

Urban forager eats shoots and leaves

Many people dismiss burdock as a weed and ruthlessly cull it from the edges of their property, but it turns out its stalk is a delicacy, at least according to Bryan Dowkes.

Vader the Star Wars 'dumpster dog' still a force to be reckoned with

On a frigid day in February 2011, 11 German shepherd-mix puppies were found abandoned in a cardboard box behind the Canadian War Museum. CBC caught up with one of them and found he's no villain.

After emigrating from Haiti, 10-year-old eyes future in pro basketball

A 10-year-old at Queen Elizabeth Public School with exceptional basketball skills is hoping for a future in professional basketball.

Ottawa drug users being taught to treat each other's overdoses

Ottawa Public Health is training drug users on how to treat deadly opioid overdoses with naloxone.

Manotick dad wins winter with backyard luge run

A Manotick man has raised the homemade winter fun bar by building three 60-metre luge runs in his backyard for his sons and their friends.

Makin' eggs: Gatineau chicken farmers offer scoop on running backyard coop

Chicken farmers Erik Young and Julie Leblanc have some advice for people in Gatineau thinking about building their own backyard coops: don't expect your little red hen to do all of the work.

Ottawa artist painting NHL's top 100 players of all time

Ottawa's Tony Harris is making his way through a once-in-a-lifetime project: official portraits of the NHL's top 100 players of all time to celebrate its 100th season.

Ottawa's Bucko the barber hanging up his clippers after 60 years

After more than 60 years cutting hair — 33 of them in the same Vanier location — Rene 'Bucko' Charron has decided to retire in the spring and shut down the cosy, cluttered barbershop that's become a neighbourhood institution.

Algonquin lumberjack squad aiming to finish a cut above

Algonquin College's loggersports team is heading to the 57th Annual McGill Intercollegiate Woodsmen Competition. But first they carved out some time to talk to Ottawa Morning's Hallie Cotnam.

Arnprior nursing home uses iPods to treat dementia patients

A nursing home in Arnprior, Ont., is using music to unlock memories by giving each resident an iPod loaded with their personal favourites.

Businessman hopes to inspire change by not shying away from past as drug, alcohol addict

The owner of two Sobeys franchises in Ottawa isn't shy about his past as a drug user and alcoholic, and he wants people suffering from addiction to know that hitting rock bottom isn't the end.

Renfrew group frustrated by long wait to bring Syrian refugees to Ottawa Valley

A group of people who raised money and got a fully furnished home ready for Syrian refugees say they're tired of waiting after having to reapply.